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AmeriHealth New Jersey is latest insurer to pass on ability to renew plans that have been cancelled by Obamacare

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AmeriHealth New Jersey on Tuesday became the third health insurer in the state to announce it won't renew individual and small group plans for 2014 that aren't ACA-compliant.

AmeriHealth New Jersey has 220,000 members in New Jersey, including 10,700 in the individual market and 96,000 in the small group market.

"After much consideration about the impact on our members, we have decided to move forward with the suite of ACA-compliant health plans we have worked so diligently to create over the last several years," Judith L. Roman, chief executive of AmeriHealth New Jersey, said in a statement.

AmeriHealth New Jersey said it's providing its customers with new choices that comply with the ACA and are comparable to their previous benefit plans.

"Our new plans provide a variety of options at various price points as well as more comprehensive benefits, which we believe will help further enhance the health and well-being of our members," Roman said.

Last month, President Obama gave insurers the option of extending old, non-compliant plans through 2014, and the state Department of Banking and Insurance gave the insurers permission to extend those plans if they chose.

No one is choosing to do so.

Both Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Aetna said earlier this month they will not renew non-ACA compliant plans.

Obama gave insurers the option of extending those non-compliant policies for one year in an effort to quell a political firestorm: Despite the president's pledge that Americans who like their insurance plans could keep them, thousands of Americans have gotten cancelation notices from insurers as they replace the old, non-compliant health plans with new ones that meet the new, higher coverage standards of the ACA.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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